A Dixon businessman was ordered held on $800,000 bail Friday in DuPage County, charged with eight counts of creating child pornography and multiple counts of unauthorized video recording.
Martin Hey, Sr., owner of Hey Brothers Ice Cream in Dixon, is accused of surreptitiously recording women and young girls who he knew and some he didn't. Authorities said he would then cut and paste portions of their photos on sexually violent child pornography images online and create his own "storyboards," complete with captions.
Hey, 66, initially was charged Sept. 15 with the unauthorized video recording of a young woman and a teenager he knew while he was at a home in Naperville. Prosecutors say the woman was helping the teen get ready for a dance when they noticed a flashing green light from a recording device.
When the woman called police, prosecutors allege Hey fled to Dixon, where Naperville police ultimately found him and seized his computer and laptop.
Hey posted $10,000 bail on those charges and was released from DuPage County jail on Sept. 16.
Assistant State's Attorney Lee Roupas said the child pornography charges were added Tuesday after Hey's devices were found to contain many images of child pornography, several videos of minors and nude photos Hey allegedly took of himself at area hotels.
Roupas said Hey also was cutting and pasting the images of himself into images of child porn and creating intricate story boards online.
Prosecutors said Hey frequently operated a hidden camera on his belt, which he would use to secretly photograph teenage employees and customers. Those images also were found to be cut and pasted into child pornography scenes online.
Hey is next due back in court on Dec. 13 in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay.